This is a Chronological Reading Plan for the Catholic Bible, meaning it follows a timeline of events as they occurred in history.

If you would like to print a copy of the plan I used, click here.
If you are reading on a smart phone and prefer all readings on one page, click here.

If you prefer a more traditional reading plan with a reading each day from the Old Testament, one from Psalms/Wisdom Books, and one from the New Testament, please click here .

This site is set up so you can begin at any time. If you get behind, don’t worry! Just pick up where you left off. Hint: I set my computer’s homepage to the week I’m on so it’s easier to keep track. Find what works best for you and persevere – it will be a huge blessing to read the entire Bible whether it takes one year or five!

If you find any errors in the links please let me know and I’ll fix them right away! Please note that I am still working on the site and changes not affecting the readings are in-progress, such as changing the pictures on each page.

Finally, a gift for you! Click Here for a copy of the Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots. I designed it so you can print it front & back on the same page and fold it in thirds.

God bless you and please know you are in my prayers!


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  • Camila  On 12/29/2010 at 7:13 am

    Thanks Lori for doing this!

  • Christie Baker  On 12/31/2010 at 6:53 pm

    Seached all over for a reading plan for Catholics and could not find one until yours! Thank you! As far as I can tell this site is one of a kind!
    God Bless!
    – Christie

  • Lori  On 01/01/2011 at 2:13 pm

    You are most welcome! I think I’m going to enjoy the Douay-Rheims translation, for the way I’ll “hear” everything in a new way. I am praying for everyone!

  • Leila  On 01/07/2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for your note on my blog!! I will be checking this out in the next few days, but it looks wonderful!! :) God bless!!

  • Sam  On 03/03/2011 at 10:00 am

    I love it. It sure would be handy to have a way to link it to facebook so I could share it with all my friends.

  • Michelle  On 08/27/2011 at 6:10 am

    What i just prayed for and asked! Thank you for posting! You made my day! God Bless!

  • Bayani  On 11/04/2011 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for putting this together. I will surely share this site with friends and family. You did a great job of putting this together so readers can pick up reading at any point. Awesome job!

  • Joe Shaginaw  On 11/09/2011 at 9:14 am

    Looks like a great piece of work. Can you explain the order of the readings?
    Thanks & God bless

    • Lori  On 11/27/2011 at 9:16 am

      I took the reading plan from a handout at church. In a nutshell, it has three readings a day – one from the Old Testament, one from the Wisdom Books (Psalm, Proverbs, Wisdom and Sirach) and one from the New Testament. It does not skip around – you begin at 1:1 of a chapter and read it completely through to the end. I really like that because you get a better feeling of the history and context in the Old Testament especially. I also like having all three readings; some of the long genealogies and sections of law in the Old Testament can get tedious if you try to read too much at once; having the other two readings keeps them manageable and keeps me interested. I hope you like it!

      • RED  On 11/27/2011 at 3:04 pm

        You have done a tremendous job!. Keep up the great work!

  • RED  On 11/27/2011 at 8:18 am

    The readings in this Edition, DR, is different than in the St. Joseph Bible and/or New Jerusalem Bible Edition(s). The problem I’m finding, in the DR version the name, some books in the old testament are different than in the St. J and/or NJ. If any one could help sort the names I would appreciate it. i.e. Si=Ecclesiasticus/Ben Sira (is this Sirach ?) another Qo=Ecclesiastes/Qoheleth (assuming this is Ecclesiastes!). Only two I’ve found so far and still looking.

    • Lori  On 11/27/2011 at 9:23 am

      That is what I learned as well as I created this site. Here is a link that shows the book names side-by-side:

      I have really enjoyed reading this version because you “see” things with new eyes, but it is a little different than we are used to. I may create another site in the next year that uses a version with more everyday language; it is not copyrighted and will allow me to copy all of the readings into the website page.

      • RED  On 12/15/2011 at 2:12 pm

        Help me understand why Psalms 17 has 51 verses in the D-R edition and 15 in other additions. Why such a difference, not only in the verses but also in the txt.

        • Lori  On 12/15/2011 at 5:08 pm

          Hi Red – the first 8 Psalms are the same in D-R as in other editions. At that point, however, D-R Psalm 9 is what other Bibles split into two Psalms – 9 and 10. That throws the numbering off for the rest of the book of Psalms! If you are looking for the D-R Psalms 17 in other Bibles, you’ll find it as Psalm 18. I hope this helps!

          • RED  On 12/15/2011 at 6:12 pm

            Thanks you so much Lori!

  • Douglas Forasté  On 03/08/2012 at 10:42 pm

    Excellent job! I noticed on the captions on one of your pictures, you had a typo: Rhimes for Rheims.

  • Douglas Forasté  On 03/08/2012 at 10:46 pm

    Oh, and the link that says “here”

    I used a reading plan from here, and was invited by this Catholic site

    and I couldn’t find your plan on the Veritas Bible (this Catholic) site. Are you sure they still have it or it hasn’t been put on another page?

    Again, thanks a lot.

    • Douglas Forasté  On 03/08/2012 at 10:46 pm

      the “here” link is broken

      • Lori  On 03/09/2012 at 7:36 am

        Thank you for the heads up! I fixed the link.

        I may have mis-worded that sentence – the Veritas Bible site offered their pages so that I can link each day’s readings to them. However, my reading plan isn’t on their site – it’s completely contained here. You would come to this site each day, click on that day’s link, and a new page will open on the Veritas Bible site with your readings.

        I’m out the door for work this morning but will try to fix my typo this weekend – I very much appreciate your help and pray you are having a blessed Lenten season!

  • Kathy Mary Cain Gilmartin  On 01/03/2013 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for this–my 2013 New Year’s resolution was to read the Bible this year….started and printed out a plan from another site and then realized I’d be missing some books. Glad to have found this early in the year–will start over and will share it.

    • Lori  On 01/03/2013 at 5:52 pm

      Wonderful! I just want to let you know that I have another site set up using a different Bible version. The reading plan is identical, but the links on THIS site go to a Douay-Rheims Bible version, and the links on the OTHER site go to a Revised Standard version. I invite you to click a few links on both sites, compare them side-by-side, and select the one that you like the best. (As I type this, I’ve only completed up to week 11 on the other site but it will be finished in a week or so) Here is a link to the other: http://readthecatholicbibleinayear.wordpress.com/week-1/

  • richard  On 01/04/2013 at 5:42 am

    The work you do Lori is wonderful, having said that, you can’t satisfy the world and the only version I can understand is the New Jerusalem Bible. There are, I think, two versions of that. The one I have has a picture of the Ascension on the cover. It reads much easier than the Douay-Rheims Bible but doesn’t follow the format very well. Thanks much.

    • Lori  On 01/04/2013 at 7:57 am

      I will keep that in mind Richard! I would be more than happy to create another site with that version. To do that, though, I have to find that Bible version online formatted so that I can create links to the readings each day. I did find the New Jerusalem Bible online here: http://www.catholic.org/bible/

      However, it isn’t indexed so that I can create a link to more than one reading at a time. So if today’s reading (for example) is Exodus 2, Psalm 38, Matthew 5:18, I would want them all on one page with a link I could copy. I will keep my eyes open though, or you can let me know if you ever come across a website like that. I only found the New Revised Standard version in the last few weeks, so more are being put online all the time – maybe New Jerusalem Bible will be soon!

      • richard  On 01/04/2013 at 8:11 am

        Thanks Lori, it’s people like you that love what they do and go out of their way to make it easy for others to enjoy. I wish I had your dedication, knowledge, and passion. I have read from the web site you linked, that’s where I first started and that’s when I noticed the differences. I’ll continue to use your guide for my readings.

  • Ken Maynard  On 04/11/2013 at 5:10 am

    Dear Lori: Thank you for your excellent work. I have been reading the DR version but the links seemed to have stopped working and I can no longer open that version. Can you check into it please? God bless and thank you. Happy Easter!

    • Lori  On 04/11/2013 at 4:32 pm

      Is it working for you now? I have been clicking around and haven’t had any problem, so if it isn’t working for you please let me know which week or day you are trying and I’ll check the specific link! If it is intermittent, I would guess that the Veritas website I link to may be having problems. If that is the case, you could go to my other site: http://readthecatholicbibleinayear.wordpress.com/

      Although it is a different version, when you click to read a certain day, at the very top you will see a dropdown box where you can select a different version (such as DR). At least that way you wouldn’t get behind!

      I’m very sorry for the trouble you’ve had – I hope it’s straightened out!

  • Greg H  On 08/13/2013 at 11:37 pm

    I am reading through the Catholic Bible for the first time this year. I have used your reading plan with the New American Bible Revised Edition, which is available on my YouVersion Bible app. So far it has worked great. Thanks!

  • Simon Mark  On 01/01/2017 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for the gift of what I know is a great deal of thoughtful work! I intend to follow your order reading this 2017. If it is not too much trouble, could you make the Word/Excel version downloadable? Regards

  • Ed  On 05/10/2018 at 1:58 pm

    Hi – First let me say thank you….I had been looking for a long time on a chronological order that made sense. Thank you for that.
    Now, a bit of correction or at least bring to your attention.
    Psalm 51 is repeated on day 119 and then again on day 120. 120 starts a new week so i thought maybe that’s the reason. Can you tell me which one is wrong, and what is the correct Psalm. Thanks

    • Lori  On 05/10/2018 at 5:20 pm

      Hello! I looked at the plan outline and that psalm does show up both days. I didn’t notice or realize it when I was putting together the links! I don’t know why that is; do you feel like it goes better one day than the other? I’m glad you’re enjoying the plan – please let me know if you see any other errors as you go through it. – Lori

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